Asbury Shorts USA, New York City’s longest running short film exhibition, will present their nationally recognized 37th Short Film Concert at The Phoenicia Playhouse, which is co-presenting this highly entertaining showcase of the world’s best short films. The Asbury Short Film Concert is recommended for ages 16 and way above.
Acclaimed broadcast journalist Rolland Smith will host the evening of award-winning film shorts. Rolland Smith has nearly 60 years of broadcast and television production experience and is the former news anchor for WCBS-TV in New York and at super station WWOR-TV in New York. His award-winning career includes eleven Emmy awards and two Telly awards in addition to numerous other awards, nominations and accolades. From the front lines of the Vietnam War, to presidential interviews, to raising awareness for world-wide environmental dangers, Rolland’s journalistic tenure is extraordinary.
Asbury Shorts USA combines award-winning films from past years with new international festival honorees, creating a rare opportunity for audiences to see world-class short films on a real cinema screen as opposed to You Tube or smart phones. Academy Award nominated director Jason Reitman (JUNO, Up in the Air, Thank You for Smoking and Young Adult) calls Asbury Shorts: “The best short film show I’ve ever seen.” The eclectic line up features the best in independently produced short film comedy, drama and animation.
Highlights of the October 27th showcase include “The Quality of Mercy,” a multi film festival award winner from New York director Stephen Marro. Tony & Emmy Award winning actress Mary Louise Parker (Showtime’s hit series: “Weeds”) stars as a struggling New York thespian who accidentally shares a café table with the chief N.Y. Times theater critic. Also featured is the former Academy Award Nominee: “Fait d’Hiver,” a classic dark comedy from Belgium director Dirk Belien. We see an angry businessman stuck in horrendous highway traﬃc trying out his new cell phone with totally unexpected and startlingly results. United Kingdom BAFTA Nominee: “Love at First Sight,” will close the show. It’s the poignant story of two people in their ‘70’s who discover it’s never too late to embrace romance. Theater legends John Hurt and Phyllida Law star in this global hit.
Asbury Short Film Concerts have been presented at: The Museum of Fine Arts Boston, The Lake Shore Theatre in Chicago, Summer Stage in Central Park, Director’s Guild Theater in Manhattan, The AERO Theatre in Santa Monica, CA, The Osprey Art Center in Nova Scotia, Canada, Royal Festival Hall in London, U.K., The Vero Beach Museum of Art in Florida, The Alamo Draft House in Dallas, Texas and the Leminske Theater in Berlin, Germany to name just a few of the prestigious venues where audiences have enjoyed these amazing films.